Waterside is a huge development stretching from the old Trebor sweet factory site up the Arnold Clark car dealership. Here is the old masterplan with our comments submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council:
Note that the new canal section through the housing area has now been abandoned and the existing river will be an extension of the canal to the new basin nearer town.
A small section of housing was built next to Brimington Road but now there is the larger housing development being built, ‘Avant Waterside’, including a new bridge to replace the old ‘Lavers’ one. This is very poor with a 1.5m footway on one side only!
Cycling doesn’t seem to have been given much thought, we’ve had to battle to get a shared path alongside the Avant housing development and at present there are only vague ideas of a bridge to connect to the Trans Pennine Trail. Please be aware that the towpath alongside the river is a footpath only, legally cyclists must use Brimington Road. This is why we are so keen to get a new traffic free cycle route through the whole development to the railway station. Our ideas are summed up below:
Nearer the town centre permission has been granted for an office block to be built. Plans here include a new shared path alongside Brimington Road. However we have commented (and been ignored) about the poor design.
This development promised so much for sustainable transport but in reality is appallingly bad. Car centric ideas rule and any walking and cycling provision is clearly very low priority. No realistic possibility of walking and cycling prioritised links to the railway station and north to the Trans Pennine Trail.
The second part of the development to be built is office and retail space on the old Trebor site.
The third part of the development is the housing and retail development to replace the existing Tapton Business Park. Though a cycle and walking path has been added to the planning application we are fighting to have it better connected to existing paths.